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~ housing, incorporated. >> colleagues, same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 50. >> item 50 is a resolution approving the issuance of tax-exempt revenue obligations not to exceed 9.35 million to finance various capital [speaker not understood] presidio hill school. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 51. ~ >> item 51 is a resolution establishing the monthly contribution amount to the health service trust fund. >> same house same call, this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 52. >> item 52 is a resolution designating the examiner [speaker not understood] and ratifying the office of contract administration extension of the previous advertising contract with the chronicle for july 2014. >> supervisor farrell.
>> thank you, president chiu. colleagues, this item was heard at the budget and finance committee last week. we have since understood from the purchaser additional amendments are needed to the legislation. these amendments [speaker not understood] defining the time frame for each newspaper during the fiscal year and providing clarification to the corporate name which is the san francisco print media co. a purchaser here is present to answer any questions. and if no discussion, i'd like to make a motion to amend the legislation as detailed in the copy i believe the clerk has already distributed. >> supervisor farrell has amended -- offered a motion to amend as he described. is there a second to that? second by supervisor tang. without objection, his motion to amend passes. [gavel] >> and on the underlying resolution, as amend if we could take this same house same call? without objection this resolution is adopted as amended [gavel] >> item 53. >> item 53 is an ordinance to amended administrative code chapter 37, the residential rent stabilization and arbitration ordinance and
adding chapter 65 a to address temporary severance of specified housing services during mandatory seismic retrofit required by the city building code chapter 34 b the mandatory earthquake retrofit of wood frame buildings. >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> item 54. >> item 5*4 is a resolution [speaker not understood] in landmark buildings in pdr1d and pdr1d districts for 18 month period and making required findings. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> why don't we go to our committee reports. item 55. >> item 55 and 57 were considered by the rules committee at a regular meeting on thursday, july 10th, and the committee sent the following item to the board as committee reports. pursuant to 22 [speaker not understood] 55 and 56 must be continued one week before the board can consider ordering submitted to the electorate.
item 55 is a charter amendment second draft to amend the charter of the city and county of san francisco sections a8.4 28, and a8.43 2 to provide retiree health care benefits to employees of the former san francisco redevelopment agency or the successor agency to the redevelopment agency of the city and county of san francisco. >> thank you, colleagues. can i have a motion to continue this item for one week? motion by supervisor kim, seconded by supervisor yee. without objection, item 55 will be continued for one week. [gavel] >> and item 56. >> item 56 was forwarded without recommendation. a charter amendment second draft to amend the charter of the city and county of san francisco to adjust the required annual appropriation from the general fund to the transportation fund annually to reflect increases in population of san francisco, subject to discontinuation by the mayor if the voters enact a new general tax on vehicles registered to a san francisco address, at an election to be held on november 4, 2014, and making
environmental findings. >> this item also being required under board rules to sit for at least a week. can i have a motion to continue for one week? motion by supervisor wiener seconded by supervisor kim, without objection this item will be continued for a week. [gavel] >> item 57. >> and, mr. president, both 55 and 56 to june 22nd to specify the date. >> yes. >> thank you. item 57 is a motion to appoint joshua -- >> july. >> that's correct, july 22nd. thank you. item 57 is a motion to appoint joshua marker to the market and octavia community advisory committee, term ending december 16, 2014. >> colleagues, can we do this same house same call? without objection this motion is approved. [gavel] >> item 58. item 58 and 59 were considered by the land use and he can vim i can committee at a regular meeting monday, july 15 [speaker not understood]. item 58 was recommended a amended with the same title. ordinance to amend the housing code to allow the storage of
tenants' personal items other than automobiles in the garages of homes, apartment buildings and residential hotels and making the required findings. >> colleagues, same house same call? without objection this ordinance is passed on first read. [gavel] >> item 59. >> item 59 is the ordinance a mickey dv administrative code to require certain questions and forthcoming information on the application for specified residential and mixed use projects between the planning department and the project sponsors regarding antidiscriminatory housing policies based on sexual orientation and gender identity. >> supervisor campos. >> thank you, mr. president. colleagues, we have before us today a first of its kind legislation that is designed to addressing the very important issue of housing discrimination against members of the lgbtq community. this is a problem that continues to persist throughout this country and i'd like to thank the co-sponsors of this legislation, supervisors wiener, kim, farrell, mar, and
avalos. the sad reality is that people continue to face prejudice and sometimes outright hostility from landlords in parts of this country. hostility that is the reason why so many members of the lgbtq community still to this day do not have access to housing in so many parts of this country. one in five transgender people have been refused housing in the u.s., and more than one in ten have been evicted because of a gender identity. a recent study shows that same-sex couples experience discrimination in the online rental housing market and yet when faced with this reality, we also see that the national fair housing act still does not include protections for the lgbtq community. in fact, the vast majority of states in this country still allow for housing discrimination against members of the lgbt community.
only 21 states out of the 50 prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and only 16 of the 50 states prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. we in san francisco and here in california, we benefit from really strong fair housing laws, but that is not the reality for most people this this country. and as san francisco residents, including member of the lgbtq community are being pushed out of san francisco, they're being displace and had evicted from this city, it is important for us to think about what happens to our residents, what happens to members of the lgbtq community as they are being forced out of san francisco. my legislation is a minor procedural change that has the power to make a substantial impact. it requires companies with out of state properties that want to apply to build ten units or more of housing here in san francisco to indicate in their
application whether or not they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all the jurisdictions of this country in which they operate. if they do have that policy, they will be asked to provide a copy of the policy to the city. if they do not have a policy, we are not asking them to actually have a policy, but simply are asking them to provide the information to answer the question. once that information is provided, the human rights commission will then compile the information and not only provide it to the board of supervisors, but make it available to not only san francisco residents but to the entire country. this legislation will provide us with data that will tell us whether developers that are looking to build and do business in san francisco are actually protecting the rights of members of the lgbtq community. not only here, but in other parts of the country where they operate properties. it is a chance to highlight
best practices and to inform those who may be unaware of the actions of these companies. as marriage equality continues to spread across the country, it is now the time for san francisco to implement policies that ask reasonable questions. information truly is power. i want to thank the director of planning, john ram, who has been working with us as well as his staff diego sanchez and annemarie rogers who have worked to make this a workable piece of legislation here in san francisco. i also want to thank our city attorney's office and specifically the deputy city attorney john malumet who has been advising us on this piece of legislation. and we also want to thank the planning commission, which unanimously supported this piece of legislation. i want to thank my staff who has been working on this piece of legislation for quite
sometime now, laura ling and i also want to thank hillary ronan, and i know that carolyn goosen as well. this piece of legislation actually came to us from community and there are a number of organizations that are responsible for helping us draft this piece of legislation. the san francisco human rights commission, the national fair housing alliance, the national housing law project, the ace legal referral panel, the national sen forefor lesbian rights and aids housing alliance. i also know the lgbt center has been involved ~. the hope is with this piece of legislation you're going to see more people become aware of this issue and that this will in turn push companies to not only have policies, but where the policies are discriminatory, that they actually change them. and i also think that this will not only make an impact because san francisco plays an important role in the business
plan of these companies, but i believe and i hope that other jurisdictions will follow suit and that other jurisdictions will be asking the same question. so, i want to thank you for your consideration and i look forward to your support. >> colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> and with that why don't we go to roll call for introductions. >> first supervisor up to introduce new business is supervisor farrell. >> thank you, madam clerk. so, colleagues, just a few moments ago we voted on a ordinance to amend our garage code to allow for more thing than just automobiles to be stored in our garages. that was the product of constituent feedback on [speaker not understood]. i want to thank the land use committee for hearing it yesterday and it blew past us, but i didn't have talking points so i didn't get to go through. when i announced it, however,
back in april i also announced the scholarship opportunity for all undergraduate and graduate students here in san francisco. i think we all do agree that our city's youth are often under represented and under heard here in city hall. i wanted to try that for a change. the scholarship opportunity call on our city's college students to interact with our laws and codes on a new platform that was developed in partnership with the open gov foundation san francisco code.org. this brings policies to a more accessible and modern format that can be used and reused to bring the bay area to assessing, understanding and hopefully navigating the laws of our city. [speaker not understood] part of this opportunity called reimagine s.f., we're able to comment on the laws directly and have discussions on specific areas of the law that matter to them. over the course of the scholarship opportunity in the last few months we had replies from numerous students on over 30 different unique laws and codes on our city books. they range from serious policy issues like ranging the minimum
wage and milestone accomplishment championed by president chiu [speaker not understood]. comments and proposals on the protection of duestion, how we printout voter [speaker not understood], receptacles businesses he put out and resolutions around, believe it or not, the keeping of cows in san francisco, laser pointers, jukeboxes, laundry establishments, gasoline stations, [speaker not understood], in our city parks all which exist on our books in one form or another today. i was interested in the creativity of our students. when we announced the scholarship opportunity with the open gov [speaker not understood], both from san francisco state university. at the onset of this opportunity, i said that if the ideas that they mentioned were strong policy ideas and that would benefit all of our city, i work to turn them into law here in san francisco.
as i mentioned earlier, one of the most outdated ones, and i've asked the city attorney to start drafting a number of them on our book was a law regarding the permitting of cows that still exists in our city code. currently health code article 1 section 12 states that if any person firm or corporation may keep one cow upon any lot within the city and county of san francisco along as they receive a permit from dph. they can technically keep up to two cowses as long a the cows have access to at least one acre of land and/or obtain a second permit. obviously i don't believe there are that many cowses in san francisco. after consulting with department of public health, we found there are no permits for cows in our city and that in the 32 years thatth current manager has been on the program he has never seen a permit issued. given that i have asked the city attorney to strike the section from our health code as outdated and unnecessary. another outdated law during the contest has to do with requirements for gasoline stations in our city. in our health code article 12
section 725, gasoline stations are technically required to have at least two bathrooms, one for males and one for females. i am all for providing bathrooms at gas stations, but requiring at least two separate bathrooms, both separate secondes can be costly and unisex has been the trend [speaker not understood] we can be flexible with the city. i have asked the strona mend this code so they are only required to have one bathroom on-site to serve the needs of guests and reduce the cost of doing business in the city. there are a number of other serious issues that were raised. we're doing a lot more research on as staff and my office to see if there are issues we can bring forward to the full board here. but i do want to thank [speaker not understood] from my staff who hoox been running a lot of this open data open gov work. i have to say overall i was really impressed with the participation from our city's youth and college and law students from here in the city. we continue to live in what is
becoming the global center of innovation and this is one way to engage our residents what we do in city hall. look forward to continuing to utilize this tool and technologies to modernize what we do herein side of city hall including our legislation. and, again, i want to congratulate the scholarship winners. the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor farrell. supervisor kim. okay. supervisor mar? >> thank you. i have several item. the first addresses san francisco's growth wealth divide between the haves and the have nots. i'd like to thank supervisors campos, cohen, supervisor chiu for joining me in calling for the digital divide in our city. last week the san francisco chronicle came out with an editorial calling the digital divide a disturbing divide,
citing a field poll study done saying 25% of californians, about a quarter of everyone living in our state do not have adequate access to high-speed internet. i think it raised some concerns for me of one of the wealthiest cities in the world. one of the regions of the world that perhaps is a tech capital of the world and how many children and seniors and others are left outdated without access to the internet. and i'm calling for the hearing and study done by the budget and legislative analyst to look at this issue. from access to public services to helping children accomplish their schoolwork, we all depend on fast and reliable internet access or many of us do. as a single father, i often have to appreciate how easy it is for me to find summer teen programs, learning opportunities, free and low-cost events, but also if i need a health answer when my daughter is sick, i can go into
that. i know many people don't have that access. i also wanted to share that i think resources and social capital and resources is something that are available to those of us that know how to go for information. but if we don't have access to the internet, it makes it much harder. so, i believe that the 25% of californians, it's probably a similar amount in san francisco, the digital divide. it's not just a digital divide. it's health divide t' a safety divide, a human divide in many ways as well. so along with supervisors cohen, campos, [speaker not understood] and chiu, i'll be asking the budget analyst to help us figure out what the divide is and ask our board of supervisors to figure out how we bridge this divide. and, again, i suspect that it's huge, it's hidden and it really is leaving a lot of people behind, many of them children. i wanted to also acknowledge that the chronicle's editorial board wisely said that some progress had been made in broadband access.
if you have a smart phone like many of us do, they cite that higher percentages of noncitizens, latinos, african-americans and low-income households access broadband at home using only a smart phone. 8% of california adults have only a smart phone to connect to the internet at home. and the problem is the fields poll, people who have a smart phone to connect to the internet are far less likely to build digital skills and access online banking and parents are likely to use their home computer to help their children with schoolwork. and lastly, the state has set some ambitious goals which i'm somewhat skeptical whether they'll be able to make, but the state has a goal to achieve 80% home broadband adoption by 2017. so, that's about in less than 3-1/2 years, i believe, and it seems really unlikely that they will be able to do it without some serious help. my hope is san francisco, once we identify what the digital divide is, that we have action
steps that we as a city move forward with to make sure that nobody is left behind from the booming econ nip and the booming technology that we are seeing in the city. and my other item is a sad in memoriam and i'd like to close the meeting with the support of co-sponsor supervisor david campos in honor of an amazing giant for immigrant rights, for senior access, and for for the poor and the vulnerable in our city, vera hale, also known as vera hale dallenburg. she was a leader, colleague, and friend within the senior and disabled community activist -- and i miss her very, very much. commissioner hale, she was an immigrants right commissioner. she passed away peacefully at kaiser in san francisco on the
evening of july 9, 2014. while holding the hands of her twin daughters dianne and laura. that's dianne [speaker not understood] and laura [speaker not understood]. commissioner hale was a lifelong advocate who challenged the city to do its very best for immigrants, seniors and all low-income under served communities. she is also the former director of the north of market senior services and really was a tremendous leader in supporting immigrant communities. she was a native of knoxville, tennessee, the only child of frank and vera hale. she moved to san francisco after graduating from antioch in ohio and earned her masters of social welfare and other social welfare leader from u.c. berkeley. commissioner hale began her long and notable career in special service in san francisco's department of social services. then she went on to an amazing agency self-help for the elderly in san francisco's chinatown, and then served as
the executive director of the north of market senior services now the curry senior service center where she helped develop a number of innovative neighborhood based programs. retirement only brought more opportunities for her leadership. she served on the aging and adult services commission in our city, the advisory council to the aging and adult services department, the mayor's long-term care coordinating councilmember ~ council and i'd like to thank benson nadal for helping honor her also. [speaker not understood] and a founding board member of the community living campaign. and she's been active with the coalition of agencies serving elders and seniors or case, that's collation of [speaker not understood] serving elders and also senior and disability action formerly the senior action network. she served on the commission for immigrant rights since its beginning so she was a member that we have a lot of consistency in our immigrant services and advocacy for the
city. and she provided rich insight on elderly immigrants in our communities. she also served on the immigrants right commission [speaker not understood] for years and was considered to be the commission's oral historian and expert. earlier this year mercy housing california -- and i'm so happy, and the saint anthony's foundation broke ground on a building, a home, a place that we now will always know as vera hale elder residents. located at 121 golden gate avenue in san francisco's tenderloin in supervisor jane kim's district. named in honor of vera hale, thes are ~ residence is a 10-story apartment community for low-income senior. the building is also the location of the saint anthony's dining room social work center and the free clothing program. one of commissioner hale's favorite jazz songs and mine, too, was john coultrain and i'll always remember her when i
hear the soprano sax in the amazing song. when i think of her and what she's done for the city. some of her favorite things to do included suny days and warm weather in san francisco which we know how precious those are. socializing with her friends and family, music, movies, traveling, cruises, yoga, cashmere sweaters, museum, street fairs, dance festivals, thrift store shopping, fragran flowers, her dog, family trees, visiting little towns, listening to jazz at simple mesh you'rex in the richmond district. ~ measures. [speaker not understood] working on her autobiography, spending time at her weekend hooch in sonoma, and of course she was very involved in our politics in san francisco as an activist for many issues that were close to her heart ~. she also enjoyed extra sour,
sour dough bread, cheese, fresh fruit, picking blackberries, extra strong coffee, dark chocolate and cheesy grits. memorial will be scheduled for her at a later date which will be announced on her website at www.vera hale.com. that's v-e-r-a-h-a-i-l-e.com. [speaker not understood], american friends service committee that's afsc, community resources section, church of the savior in knoxville, tennessee, and sda senior and disability action/planning for elders in the central city. i'd like to ask if there are any others of us that would like to close the meeting in vera's honor and also if supervisor campos would like to make some comments. >> thank you, supervisor mar.
supervisor campos. >> thank you. i just want to thank supervisor mar for doing this in memoriam. you know t it's really hard to imagine -- it's actually impossible to imagine the immigrant rights commission and immigrant rights movement in san francisco without having vera hale involved. she was so many things to the movement, but i think key among which she was, was the conscience. and, you know, at some point later on the agenda i will be talking about the plight of the unaccompanied minors. and you can just picture vera hale speaking out against that injustice [speaker not understood] humanity. i just want to say that for me and my staff, being able to
have commissioner hale's voice, being able to talk to her about the various issues that are impacting the immigrant community was something that made our jobs possible. i know that i am a better person, i am a better supervisor because i was able to interact and work with vera hale. and i know that of all the things that can be said about someone and what they believe in in this world when they pass is that the world has been a much better place because you are in it, vera hale. you will never be forgotten. you will always be remembered. and as a formerly undocumented kid, thank you for what you have done for so many kids and so many families.
god bless you. rest in peace. >> thank you, supervisor campos. supervisor cohen and supervisor avalos will add you to that in memoriam. >> actually i'd like to be added as well. >> president chiu and supervisor breed, okay. >> can we do it on behalf of the full board? without objection that shall be the case. [gavel] >> thank you, mr. president. supervisor wiener. >> thank you, madam clerk. today i am introducing a resolution co-sponsored by supervisor campos and supervisor chiu, once again calling on the fta to lift the ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. this archaic rule was put into place in the early 1980s when the height of the hiv/aids crisis, when there was just --
we had a really bad situation and we didn't know a lot about the virus and the prevention and treatment protocols are not where they are today. most people don't realize that 30 years later, if you are a gay or bisexual man, you are categorically prohibited from donating blood. it's discriminatory. it has no basis whatsoever in public health, and it dee ~ dee ~ deprives the united states of critically needed blood for people who need a blood transfusion in order to survive. on friday was the national gay blood donor day, for people who are gay men or bisexual men to go to -- not to dee nate blood, but have a friend donate on their behalf or write out a note to the fda asking for a
rule change. it's really awful this rule was in existence since 2010. [speaker not understood] and supervisor dufty offered a resolution putting the board on record in opposition. it's a shame that four years later the policy is still in place. so, we can keep working and hope that this outdated rule will be repealed and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor wiener. supervisor kim, you wanted to say a few words about commissioner hale. >> thank you. my apologies. i also wanted to add in my thoughts on commissioner vera hale and wanted to thank supervisor mar for putting forward such a lovely summary of the accomplishments of vera. she was a tremendous, tremendous force here in city hall and throughout the city. as an advocate for our low-income residents, our seniors, our disabled. and as a woman elected, it was really amazing to see the sheer force d